One month from today, September 28th, is Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day or EKS Day! We are all looking forward to this day.
“What you are winning by your courage is far greater than any game. You are winning life itself and in doing, you give to others a most precious prize…faith in the unlimited possibilities of the human spirit.” ~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Special Olympics Unified Sports® promotes people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on the same team together. These peers of similar ability and age are called Unified Partners, they train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes. We have seen that pairing these two groups together promotes understanding and friendships.
Special Olympics Louisiana is looking for Unified Partners to train and work alongside our athletes. Anyone in Elementary to College and beyond can become a Unified Partner. Contact our office today to sign up. We promise you will not regret it!
One of our aquatics athletes, Sean Adams, was recently featured in an article by the Tri-Parish Times. The article describes Sean’s aquatics routine, “The morning sun is just barely awake in south Louisiana’s summer skies when Larose native Sean Adams gets ready to start each day. He gets out of bed, gets himself dressed and usually enjoys some breakfast. “Sean swims from 7-8 a.m. each morning at the Cut Off Youth Center’s pool – a time he cherishes daily because of his love for water.”
The article also talks about Sean’s chance to earn a trip to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games next June in New Jersey, “He and three other males will compete in Pineville for a chance to make the team. If he does, he will represent Louisiana at the National Special Olympics in New Jersey.”
Did you know? Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive sub-standard care, or virtually no health care at all.
Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program addresses our athletes health care needs through various disciplines. One of the disciplines is FUNfitness which goals are to:
assess needs in flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic fitness;
teach exercises to help athletes improve identified areas of need;
educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic conditioning in overall fitness;
provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn how the physical therapist can help them with fitness.